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Shampoo

Released 1975
Distributor Columbia Pictures

Director Hal Ashby’s satire about a West Hollywood roué in the midst of an existential crisis is set against the backdrop of Nixon’s election in 1968 but was released in ’74 at the end of the Watergate scandal – an irony that did not escape the ticket buyers who made the film a huge box office success (the movie cost 4 million and grossed 50). Warren Beatty plays the horny hairdresser at the center of a sexual three-ring circus that includes, among others, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant and, memorably, Carrie Fisher. Robert Towne wrote the witty, elegiac screenplay.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.